Joe Goode at Hollywood’s Kohn Gallery

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“If I can’t find a new way of seeing something then I’m not interested in it.” ― Joe Goode, Joe Goode: Paintings 1960-2016

Known for his contributions to pop art, conceptualism, and the Light and Space movement, Joe Goode celebrated his 80th birthday with the opening of the much-anticipated Kohn Gallery exhibition, Old Ideas with New Solutions, featuring his latest work.

The show is separated into four mini-exhibitions, one of which, titled Milk Bottle, is a callback to his early work focusing on perception. Goode remembers coming home every evening to find milk bottles delivered to his doorstep. He would paint them, fascinated by how he could look at them, through them, and behind them. In this new series, milk splatters rendered in paint invade the viewer’s space. Goode completely flips perspective expectations, urging visitors to question the authenticity of their viewing experience.


Joe Goode, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles.

Ocean Blue is another mini-exhibition. It features deep, vivid hues as well as fluid ribbons of light, creating richly textured multidimensional abstracts. This series highlights the divine beauty of the oceans, and the human impact on its continued existence. Along a similar vein, California Summer is Goode’s take on the desert with its bright, fiery colors. Finally, TV Blues washes nature scenes in blue color fields and forces the viewer to look at them through tiny television screens.

An Oklahoma native, Goode became a seminal figure in Los Angeles art scene with his inclusion in the United State’s first pop art museum survey, 1962’s New Painting of Common Objects, curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon). The show featured such heavyweights as Andy Warhol, Edward Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, and Wayne Thiebaud. Now, 55 years later, Old Ideas with New Solutions proves that Goode remains as innovative as ever.

Joe Goode: Old Ideas with New Solutions
March 23 – May 13, 2017
Kohn Gallery, 1227 North Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Emily Nimptsch

Emily Nimptsch

Emily Nimptsch is a freelance arts and culture writer living in Los Angeles. She has written for Flaunt, ArtSlant, Artillery, and produced blog content for Venice Beach’s L.A. Louver Gallery.